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Annual awards, seafloor mapping, Common School Fund investments on Land Board meeting agenda
For immediate release                                         10-06
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
Salem – At their public meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the State Land Board will present four Land Board Awards in the following categories:
Stream Project
Upper John Day Watershed Restoration Program, a multi-year project to replace push-up dams which impede fish passage in the John Day River in north-central Oregon. The 100th replacement was completed in 2009.
Wetland Project
  1. Neitzel Farm Habitat Restoration, which turned a small, family-owned farm near Seaside into active wetlands and habitat for salmon and other wildlife.
  2. Munger Farm Restoration, a project that restored approximately 40 acres of wetlands on land adjacent to the Tualatin River near Sherwood, purchased with Metro's voter-approved 1995 open-spaces bond measure.
 Partnership Award
Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice Department for providing trash cleanup on state lands in the county since 2007.
The awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, as well as partnerships that advance the work of the board.
In other business, the Office of the State Treasurer will update the board on the investment portfolio of the Common School Fund.
The board also will hear updates on Oregon State University's seafloor mapping project; the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health; litigation related to navigability issues; South Slough land acquisitions; and a summary of the February 2010 special legislative session.
The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.